BOXING sensation Josh Adewale is eager to push on in his career as he prepares for his third fight as a professional this Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.


, 24, made his pro debut with a win on points against Liam Griffiths in November 2018, before enjoying similar success over Victor Edagha in February.

The Cippenham-based star is now preparing to take on Duane Green in a four round contest at York Hall in Bethnal Green, where he is confident of another win.

Adewale has explained his efforts to be patient, but he does want to challenge for a title in the next 12 months.

He told the Observer: “I want to get on with it a little bit but my management said I’ve still only had two fights.

“I feel like I don’t need to be taken as slow as some other people and I’m eager to get on with it.

“Someone said to me, do I want to take that much of a risk, but the bigger the risk the bigger the reward. I won’t take a fight if I didn’t think I could win.

“I’m trying to be patient and it’s good to be with my management but they’ve got a lot of things going on at the moment.

“I plan to have three more fights for the rest of this calendar year. Six was the plan for the first 12 months of my professional career and that’s quite busy.

“I want to fight for a title in the next 12 months and I think it’s realistic. Something like the Southern Area title would be good.”

In preparation for his fight with Green, the middleweight has sparred with John Ryder, who recently won the World Boxing Association Super Middleweight title in Las Vegas.

Adewale commented: “The training has been good. I’m just in the last few days now so not doing too much, just getting the last little bit of weight off.

“I’ve done some good sparring in Brentwood with John, who recently won on the undercard of a Canelo Alvarez fight in Las Vegas.

“Training camps are always similar but we’ve tweaked things a little bit because this one has been a bit longer.

“I was due to fight a few weeks ago but was ill at the time and things were not quite going right, so we thought it would be better this way.

“It should be a straightforward win really and I don’t expect too many problems. I’m very confident of a win.”

His coach, Ian Bailey, said: “Josh has been looking very good in training recently and is ready to put on another impressive performance on Saturday.

“Duane is a tough journeyman who will be looking to be the first man to beat Josh as a pro.

“This will hopefully be a last four-round fight for Josh. We will be looking to step up to six rounds after this, and hopefully be in a position to chase titles in a year to 18 months time.

“I believe Josh has huge potential and has made the transition from amateur to pro seamlessly. He’s incredibly tough, mentally and physically, can punch hard with both hands, and is very adaptable.

“The town should get behind this young man as he’s going to go very far.”